Saturday, February 09, 2008

Between Two Prime Ministers

Let's read today's reports on two Prime Ministers. Two muslim PMs with different styles and elected from two different 'democracy' systems. Even though one has his own version of progressive Islam, both have obligations to fulfil his responsibilities as Muslims.
They were both on official visits and might talk similar challenges with different audience. The most striking similar challenge was on living harmony, one with different nationalities (120 of them) and another one with different races (3 major ethnics).
I can bet that one of them is really working hard for his country and people and has been delivering with excellence. His vision is mind-boggling but the desert has now turned into a goldmine under his leadership. He is rich beyond imagination.
Another one, with arabic surname to potray his piety claims that he works very very hard to carry out his responsibility to his people as he has promised. His vision is blurred and famous for sleeping during functions and meetings. He is also rich beyond his salaried incomes, so most people claim.
Both track records are for all to see. You can vote who is my idol PM.......and my tidor PM.
First, Prime Minister of UAE.
Shaikh Mohammad meets a German intellectual. He said interacting with
literary personalities was more important to him than meeting politicians.
He hoped cross-cultural cooperation would eliminate geographical demarcations.
(From Gulf News 9 February 2008)

Many leaders promise, we deliver

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, won over a distinguished German audience on Thursday when he said: “Many leaders promise, we deliver.”
Delivering a speech during a felicitation at the Free University of Berlin where he was honoured with a gold medal for his support and promotion of cultural exchanges between peoples of the two countries, Shaikh Mohammed received several rounds of applause from the gathering as he provided an insight into the UAE’s work culture and ethics.
The audience listened in rapt attention as Shaikh Mohammed, speaking in English, explained his philosophy of economics and how the UAE is today one of the world’s fastest developing nations. Shaikh Mohammed, on the second day of his two-day state visit to Germany, was received at the Free Berlin University by former German Chancellor and Chairman of the Arab-German Friendship Association Gerhard Schroeder, Chancellor of the University and staff.
“I like a challenge. When there is no challenge I feel sad,” he said explaining how the UAE managed to overcome hurdles and build up the infrastructure that is now the focus of world attention. Many people, he said, were sceptical when initial plans of what the UAE wanted to build and do were known. But later these people realised the wise economic decisions of the country.
Regarding democratic values in Arab society, Shaikh Mohammed told the audience that the “majlis” has been a central point in decision-making since times immemorial. He said this in the context of modern democracy. All decisions that affect society, he added, were taken after due consultations.
"We have democracy embodied in our Majlis [council] where the Ruler meets people face to face. We have our own democracy, a free nation and people that are free to say what they want ... Just as you cannot convince me to wear your suits in the UAE, I cannot convince you to wear my dishdasha in Berlin.”
But what drew resounding praise from the gathering was when Shaikh Mohammed informed the audience about the UAE’s multicultured set-up where more nationalities live under one roof than in any other country.
He said: “In the UAE all nationalities live in peace. And if the UAE can do it then why not other countries.”
“Dubai and the UAE are models of human co-existence, so why can’t the world follow suit?”

Shaikh Mohammed told the audience about the challenges which began early with his ancestors from Baniyas tribe, facing tough challenges, while looking for water to quench their thirst, and for grazing to their cattle. “It was a great challenge due to severity of the desert and lack of the natural resources,” Shaikh Mohammed said.
Elaborating on the challenges faced by the UAE after its inception and its subsequent growth and prosperity, Shaikh Mohammad said: “We built a modern and peaceful society in the middle of the desert, with giant projects of international status ...
But, he said, those challenges were met. In this context he particularly mentioned Jebel Ali port, the biggest in the region, Emirates airline, development nationwide and construction of cities whether locally or worldwide with UAE talent and management.
With these words - received with a standing ovation - His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ended his two-day official visit to Germany.

Now, Prime Minister of Malaysia.
BN machine: Abdullah taking a closer look at the Proton Perdana
covered with BN logos and his pictures which was unveiled
in Kepala Batas on Friday.
It will be used in his parliamentary constituency during the polls.
(From STAR 9 February 2008)
PM: I work very hard
PENANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he works very hard to carry out his responsibility to all Malaysians.
“Some of you can say that I’m not good, you can say whatever. But don’t say that I don’t work.
“I work very hard. I really mean it and you know it,” he said to applause from those who attended the Chinese Assembly Hall’s Chinese New Year open house yesterday .
Abdullah said that as a Muslim, he had an obligation to fulfil his responsibility.
“I have a very heavy responsibility and I have to carry it out,” he said.
He also urged Malaysians to make full use of the opportunities available to do well in life and to serve the people.
“It is God’s will that I become the Prime Minister of Malaysia and I am very conscious that I have to serve the people although I personally do not benefit even one bit because of this,” he said.
He said in fulfilling his responsibility, he has to be fair to all Malaysians, irrespective of their ethnic background.
“However, each of us has to strive towards the creation of a Malaysian community that is happy, prosperous, united, harmonious and respected.
“As Malaysians, no matter where we are and even though we are just a minority group, we should feel comfortable and happy when attending a function.
“We should feel at home and that we are in the company of friends and fellow Malaysians,” he said.

1 comment:

yok hoong said...

beyond him, the next PM is not your cup of tea too unless BN is kicked out. dont see that coz the odds are all against the opposition. the police, AG, ACA and judiciary are all aligned to do the bidding of BN. IN return, they are free to commit corrupt acts so long as they toe the official line. at least, thats the perception of many.